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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

Kathryn Harkup


9781472911315

Bloomsbury


Biography;
Literary studies: from c 1900 -;
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers;
Medical toxicology;
Popular science


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320 pages

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Agatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of  the  novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random;  the  chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide  vital  clues to discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings  the cause of death is  obvious, but not so  with poisons. How is it that  some compounds prove so  deadly, and in such  tiny amounts?

Christie  demonstrated her extensive  chemical knowledge (much of it  gleaned  from her working in a chemists during both world wars) in many  of her  novels, but this is rarely  appreciated by the reader. A is for  Arsenic celebrates the use of  science in Christie's work. Written  by Christie fan and research chemist  Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes  a different novel and investigates  the poison (or poisons) the  murderer used.  A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals  kill, how  they interact with the body, and the feasibility of  obtaining,  administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time  the novel  was written and today.

This book is published as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of  Christie's birth. Fourteen  novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because its fiction doesn't mean its  all made-up...

By:   Kathryn Harkup
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   345g
ISBN:   9781472911315
ISBN 10:   1472911318
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   October 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Dame Agatha's Deadly Dispensary 2. A is for Arsenic - Murder is Easy 3. B is for Belladonna - The Labours of Hercules 4. C is for Cyanide - Sparkling Cyanide 5. D is for Digitalis - Appointment with Death 6. E is for Eserine - Crooked House 7. H is for Hemlock - Five Little Pigs 8. M is for Monkshood - 4:50 from Paddington 9. N is for Nicotine - Three Act Tragedy 10. O is for Opium - Sad Cypress 11. P is for Phosphorus - Dumb Witness 12. R is for Ricin - Partners in Crime 13. S is for Strychnine - The Mysterious Affair at Styles 14. T is for Thallium - The Pale Horse 15. V is for Veranol - Lord Edgware Dies Appendix Glossary Bibliography

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. For six years she ran the outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, which involved writing talks on science topics that would appeal to bored teenagers (anything disgusting or dangerous was usually the most popular). Kathryn is now a freelance science communicator delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.


...a cracking compendium of Christie's poisonings...A Is For Arsenic will appeal to any fan of Christie's work, but as a potted history of poisons, antidotes and medicines it has much wider reach than that. -- Mark Lorch * BBC Focus (Science and Technology) * ...this book is fascinating and anyone who is interested in the myriad painful and unpleasant ways in which people can be killed will relish it. * The Times *

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